It looks like Rangers GM Jon Daniels may have actually pulled off a decent little trade when he sent Eric Gagne to the Red Sox just before today’s deadline. The headliner of the package coming to the Rangers is, theoretically, Kason Gabbard since 1) he’s a pitcher and 2) he’s already had a few big-league starts. But forget about him and his emo-band name; according to Red Sox Prospects, his closest MLB comparison is … Pete Schourek. I’ll save you the trouble of looking the name up. He couldn’t be more of a spare if his home was in the trunk of a car.
But the other two players, outfielders Engel Beltre and David Murphy, are what scouts like to refer to as “highly touted.” Short version: Beltre looks like Sammy Sosa before he got jacked up and forgot English, and he’s only 17. Murphy, on the other hand, is a former first-round pick out of Baylor and should be ready for The Show this year.